FAQ: MTO Vision Waiver Program
requirement. The Vision Waiver Program gives drivers the opportunity to demonstrate, through various tests, the ability to compensate for and drive safely in spite of their visual field deficit. If successful, the MTO will “waive” (disregard) the horizontal visual field requirement and allow the driver to
A: Many eye conditions can affect your horizontal field of vision. Some potential causes of visual field loss include glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or having a stroke. Horizontal vision loss can affect your ability to read road signs, notice pedestrians, and see other cars.
Q: Who is eligible?
A: The Class G Vision Waiver Program is ONLY for applicants for or holders of a Class G (G1, G2, or G) driver’s license, who do not meet the horizontal visual field requirement. To be eligible for the Vision Waiver Program, you must also meet certain driving record requirements set by the MTO. You can access the complete list of eligibility criteria on the MTO website: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/.
Q: How do I apply?
A: If your license has been suspended due to a visual field deficit, the MTO will mail you a vision waiver application package. You can also request the package by calling the MTO Driver Improvement Office at 1-800-268-1481.
Your package will include a medical report (to be completed & submitted by a physician) and a vision certificate (to be completed & submitted by an optometrist or ophthalmologist) and a request to have visual studies of both eyes. Once the MTO has received and reviewed these forms, you will be asked to complete a Class G Vision Waiver Functional Driving Assessment, provided that you meet the eligibility criteria.